Kind words for Exile

Martin Owton’s fantasy novel ‘Exile’ has been favourably reviewed over at ReviewsM8Blog:

I can’t think of anything else to say really this is a thoroughly enjoyable read and has been compared by many to Gemmell, a statement I would echo. To wrap up I would definitely endorse this book and suggest it to anyone looking for a nice manageable slice of Grimdark that is well worth picking up. Sequels are as far as I know in the works and I can’t wait to get my teeth into them, well done Martin.

Treat yourself ladies and gents it’s a bloody good read.

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Cover reveal for Martin Owton

Martin Owton’s fantasy novel ‘Exile’ – the first book in the ‘Nandor’ series – has been revealed, and it looks like this:

 

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From the publisher’s website:

I was very happy to take on this novel and it’s sequel for Phantasia, it’s good , solid fantasy that reminded me of  David Gemmell at times.

‘Exile’ is the second book published by Phantasia and will be available later in March.

Martin Owton joins Phantasia

Martin’s ‘The Nandor Tales’ series has been picked up by Phantasia, the fantasy imprint at Tickety Boo Press. The first novel of the series, ‘The Exile of Darien’, will be published in the spring. From the publisher’s website:

“The Exile of Darien’ is a fast-moving tightly-plotted fantasy adventure story with a strong thread of romance

Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword. Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King. There Aron must face his father’s murderer before risking everything in a fight to the death with the deadliest swordsman in the kingdom.”

News Roundup for End 2013

News from the latter half of 2013, all in one round up!

Gary Couzens had a story accepted for an anthology of punk-inspired stories for DogHorn Publishing titled punkPunk!

David Gullen‘s short story collection, Open Waters, was published by Exaggerated Press and is available now.

David’s debut sci-fi novel, Shopocalypse was published by Clarion and is also available now. Jump in the passenger seat for a road trip with Josie and Novak, on the run after an unlucky encounter, unintentionally in possession of a super-hot sentient muscle car and over 190 million dollars, covered with a potent psychoactive powder.

Laura Mauro received an Honourable Mention from Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year for her story Red Rabbit, published in Shadows and Tall Trees 4.

Laura’s story When Charlie Sleeps appeared in the November edition of Black Static. It will also be reprinted in Best British Horror 2014, edited by Johnny Mains.

Another story from Laura, Ptichka will appear in the the Horror Uncut anthology.

Gaie Sebold was on the longlist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best fantasy newcomer/debut and the David Gemmell Legend Award for best release of the year for her novel Babylon Steel.

Sara-Jayne Townsend‘s book Dead Cool (also known among the group as The Case of the Defenestrated Rock Star) will be published by Canadian e-publisher MuseItUp Publishing in late 2104. The novel is the second in the Shara Summers series, following the adventures of an actress turned amateur sleuth.

Congratulations to all! We’re looking forward to an even more exciting 2014.

Rosanne Rabinowitz Collaborates for “Rustblind and Silverlight”

A collaboration between Rosanne Rabinowitz and Matt Joiner, a Birmingham-based writer who also appeared in Never Again, has been accepted by David Rix/Eibonvale Press for his railway-themed anthology Rustblind and Silverlight.

Rosanne says,

Interestingly, Matt started off providing the characters and the atmospherics. Matt is also a published poet and it really shows in his prose. And I contributed a lot of the… hold on to your seats, folks … the PLOT!

We did the story in two major drafts, with one crit from Joel Lane, who is the Brum Writer’s Group with Matt.

So this collaboration thing was lots of fun, and I learned a lot from it. Two heads can be better than one, to start with.

Eibonvale Press describe the premise for  Rustblind and Silverlight so,

Trains occupy a special place in the human psyche. The twin threads of the rails forge ahead from place to place, the ultimate symbol of travel and connection and all the hopes, fantasies, fears, reasons, romance and excitement that come with that.  The links between points, the bridges and tunnels, are always so much more profound than borders or walls.  And yet you travel these links through a world that is isolated from normal life and unique to itself.  The railways are so mundane and taken for granted, passing through the backs of your cities and towns, yet they are worlds that cannot be visited, cannot be known.  Worlds that can only be glimpsed from blurred windows or from the far end of the platform.  Hidden places.  Private places.  Places where the ordinary and the secret meet.

This was the mood in which Rustblind and Silverbright came into being – a book of railway stories that aimed to look far beyond what you might expect from classic horror or sci-fi.

The anthology will be launched on the 4th July.

“Helen’s Story” Published

Rosanne Rabinowitz’s novella, Helen’s Story is now available in a beautiful hardcover from PS Publishing.

Some readers might have met Helen in Arthur Machen’s classic novella The Great God Pan. Now she gets to tell her side of the story.

Contrary to rumours of her death, Helen Vaughan is alive and well and living in Shoreditch. Having learned a few things about painting from an ex-boyfriend, she’s stirring up the art world with a series of erotically-charged landscapes depicting the strange events of her youth.
Brought up by a man who regarded her as loathsome, shuffled between boarding schools and foster homes, young Helen only found pleasure in visits from a secret companion. She made one other close friend, a girl called Rachel who disappeared in full daylight. After that, Helen was left with her companion.
He stayed with her on travels from rural Wales to the select salons and danker corners of London, to expatriate life in Buenos Aires and beyond. But he’s kept away for several years.
As she remembers her friend, Helen lays on each stroke of paint as if it can bring Rachel back or take her to where Rachel went. She paints to summon her companion once again, and show everyone what really lurks beyond the vanishing point.

Spine-Tingling Wins for the T-Party

Fox McGeever’s story, The Inheritance Room won first prize in the Spinetinglers March short story competition.  This is the third story Fox has sold that is connected to his serial fantasy fiction Parawerthan blog.  You can read the winning story here.

And in the very same month, Deborah Walker won third prize with The Love Of Money, written under her horror pseudonym Kelda Crich, available to read here.

Congratulations to Fox and Deborah!

Tom Pollock Finalist in Kitschies

The Kitschies awards recognise “the year’s most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre literature published in the UK”. Tom Pollock‘s novel, The City’s Son, was a finalist for the Golden Tentacle award for Best Debut. Huge congratulations!

Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets.

When a devastating betrayal drives her from her home, graffiti artist Beth Bradley stumbles into the secret city, where she finds Filius Viae, London’s ragged crown prince, just when he needs someone most. An ancient enemy has returned to the darkness under St Paul’s Cathedral, bent on reigniting a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fil find themselves in a desperate race through a bizarre urban wonderland, searching for a way to save the city they both love.

The City’s Son is the first book of The Skyscraper Throne: a story about family,friends and monsters, and how you can’t always tell which is which.

The City’s Son is available in hardback, paperback and ebook from all the usual places. The sequel, The Glass Republic is out in July from Jo Fletcher Books.